Playing a direct game towards Enda Muldoon at full-forward, the pre-match favourites found the net twice before the interval to lead 2-2 to 0-3 against first-time finalists Kilrea.
In a drab encounter, Kilrea never looked like getting the goal they needed and Ballinderry’s midfield, embossed by Muldoon’s presence after the break, gave them a platform for a comfortable win.
Scorers for Ballinderry: R Wilkinson 2-0, C Gilligan 0-4 (2fs), M Harney 0-1.
Scorers for Kilrea: C Kielt (f), James Kielt (f), J Donaghy (f), E McAleese, T Rafferty, B Quigg 0-1 each.
BALLINDERRY: M Conlon; D Bell, Kevin McGuckin, C Wilkinson; M McIver, C Nevin, R Scott; Kevin ‘Moss’ McGuckin, M Harney; D Conway, R Wilkinson, T Martin; R Bell, E Muldoon, C Gilligan.
Subs: A Devlin for Martin (36), D McGuckin for Conway (48), N McCusker for Bell (60), R Wilson for McIver (61).
KILREA: P Morgan; J Darragh, A Rainey, M McWilliams; B Óg McAlary, L Morrow, J Morgan; C Kielt, James Kielt; E Morgan, J Donaghy, E McAleese; G McWilliams, B Quigg, P McNeill.
Subs: P McAlary for E Morgan (19), T Rafferty for McWilliams (40), D Johnston for McNeill (45), E Darragh for Quigg (53), Jack Kielt for J Morgan (63).
Referee: D Loughery (Limavady).